LISD Launches Summer Swim Program

LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) – The heat is at its height in South Texas, and a local school district is teaching children the way to water.

Monday marked the first day of the LISD Learn to Swim program which takes place at the LISD Aquatic Center during the month of June.

Several local students use their summer vacation wisely by having fun in the sun, but also learning something new in the process.

Little Mateo Hernandez, a second-grader at Bruni Elementary, knows the importance of keeping his head above water.

Even at a young age, he believes that every child should know how to swim in order to avoid drowning.

According to the CDC, drowning is the second leading cause of death from accidental injury just after motor vehicle accidents.

It is these types of deaths that swimming supervisor Basilio Salas hopes to prevent.

Salas says the class teaches them the basics of swimming and how to respect the water so they won’t be afraid of it.

Through a series of fun activities and swimming drills, Salas teaches them a new skill they will use in their lives.

Salas says it’s a life skill they’ll take with them through their teenage and adult years.

Although it may be for recreation right now, Salas adds that these kids sometimes develop a passion for sports, which he is looking for.

Salas says, “We’ve had the privilege of babysitting so many kids, some of the kids who started with the swim programs are now our high school swimmers, so that’s the best part.

Thus teaching these little guppies how to one day roll in the depths.

Now, if parents are still interested in enrolling their children in the program, they still have the option to do so before the end of the summer.

Registration is $30 per swimmer for 60 minutes of instruction per day for two week sessions.

For more information about the program, you can call 956-273-1220.

Places are limited and it is on a first come, first served basis.

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